A Historic Moment
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Forty-three years ago, John MacArthur set his sights on preaching through the entire New Testament, using verse-by-verse Bible exposition. Over the years he worked hard to accomplish that goal, and he didn’t merely hit the highlights of the New Testament or avoid difficult passages. He expounded everything in a bold, courageous, and in-depth manner that we’ve grown to know and love.
John recently accomplished the goal he set many years ago. As you'd expect, he ended his journey the same way he began—by exalting the person and work of Christ.
We thought you'd like to share in that historic moment by watching the video below. You can also click here to watch, read, or listen to John's landmark message.
#1 Posted by
Scott Graeff | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
Thank you John MacArthur for your teaching and your faithfulness to the Word. Your exposition of the New Testament has helped me tremendously in my walk through this fallen world.
I am amazed by Jesus daily. May all who come to know Him be amazed as well.
#2 Posted by
Keith Stokes | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
Again Pastor MacArthur thank you so very much for your faithful service in feeding your sheep but more than that honoring and bringing God glory by representing the the Word truthfully and without compromise. I can't think of any other Pastor/Teacher who is more commited to truth and research. Wow! forty-three years going through the New Testament. What a treat for those blessed enough to be a faithful member and student at Grace Church. One last word, after 40+ years of serving the Lord God,you still give Him the glory, honor, and praise. Not seeking anything for yourself other then bringing Him more worship and remaining humble. Can anyone say Role Model? I can. Thank you.
#3 Posted by
bob wire | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
thanks be to our lord for allowing me to share this moment
#4 Posted by
Howard Stanley | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
If Mark 16:9 through the ending of the chapter is indeed added text, how does that square with Revelation 22:18-19? "For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prohpecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life..."
Now that seems to be a VERY strong command NOT to add anything to Scripture, whether it is Biblically sound or not. Does that mean that I've got to take whiteout to the last portion of Mark in my Bible?
#5 Posted by
Carlos Trevino | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
It has been more than 25 years that I have been reading your commentaries and using them for my preaching here in Mexico City. I am a Mexican and I married one of your missionaries 20 years ago Karen Tullsen and we have been planting churches in Mexico together. She was deeply prepared by you and Monnie Brewer years ago and has been a great blessing to me as a wife, mother and fellow worker in what God has called us to here in Mexico.Your books and preaching have been a major part of our tools here and countless lives have been transformed in the upper middle class in Mexico and Costa Rica as we extend our work to that country too. I wrote you 20 years ago thanking you for my wife and her GRACE upbringing and I still have your reply. I now thank you on behalf of all the Mexican preachers and many believers we have prepared with your teaching and are spreading the gospel throughout Mexico and Central America. May God richly reward you for all your work. 2 Timothy 1:12
Carlos and Karina Trevino and our five children Carlos 13, Karina 13*, Christian 12*, Caleb 10* and Valentina 10**
*Adopted in Russia. **Adopted in Mexico
#6 Posted by
Paulo Leonardo | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
I'm a pastor in Brazil, and I've been very help for your preaching. And I'm very "amazing" for the explanation of Mark's gospel end, and the reaction of the church in keep stand and aplause the conclusion of your great goal in the preach all the NT. I preach in a small church in my country, but I've been receive very strength of your ministry. May God keep blessing your life. I hope be possible that you will came in Brazil for preaching for us. Please, excuse me for my poor english.
#7 Posted by
Josue Rodriguez | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
Congratulations brother MacArthur!!! What a great accomplishment! I thank God for you and your ministry. This is truly the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
One more thing... I live in the east coast so I can only follow your teachings via the internet, and I was so eager to listen to this preaching; I have been waiting for a very long time. I belong to a Pentecostal church, and this ending of Mark (verses 9-20) has always been used by everyone in the movement to justify many of the practices. However I always had problems with it (the same way I have problems with many of the things done in Pentecostal churches); I have been studying it for over a year. I have read many commentaries from many different writers and no one was able to answer my questions. It was very frustrating. Now it’s so clear. I have no doubts left. Praise God!
#8 Posted by
Tommy Clayton | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
Good question, Howard. Were you able to watch the entire message? There's a link above the featured video that will take you there. Hearing the entire exposition will help you better understand why scribes attempted to "add" to the Word of God at the conclusion of Mark.
#9 Posted by
Cynthia Money | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
My husband and I have used your online teachings for a weekly bible study in our home for over 3 years now. It means a great deal to us to have the opportunity to hear and learn the deeper meaning of God's word. Our lives are more fulfilled and our service to God is more abundant as a result. Your devotion in serving God has been a tremendous blessing for many. We are faithful to pray for you, your ministry, and your family. Although it seems that we already know you, we look forward to personally meeting you in heaven.
'Thank-you' for giving to the Lord. We are lives that have been changed.
Don and Cynthia Money
#10 Posted by
steve stricker | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
What a magnificent goal, what an important accomplishment, and what a necessary resource for the Church today!! Thank you soooo much Dr. MacArthur for your faithful work in preaching through the New Testament. Your preaching has done more to shape my spiritual life than any other. I can't thank you enough. My life and the lives of those around me have been changed for the better because of you. I love you and what you have done for me. Thank you so much, you are the fragrance of Christ to me, 2 Cor 2:15-17. Congratulations on this important accomplishment. May God richly bless you and yours. In His Service, Stephen 1 Cor 2:2 (your legacy)
#11 Posted by
Howard Stanley | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
#8 Tommy Clayton
I did listen to the messege, but the only answer I could find was that the passage in Mark was added because folks thought it should be added... Sure, it squares with the Biblical accounts found in other gospels, and it is what happened, but is "just because" a reason to shun the warnings in Revelation 22???
I'm just really confused... (That's not too difficult to do)
#12 Posted by
Tommy Clayton | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
I think part of the motivation behind the strange, extended ending of Mark (the reason you find that section in brackets in many English translations) was due to the threat of the Revelation passage you quoted. In a Scribe’s mind, pushing the delete button on Scripture was just as horrendous as “adding” to Scripture. Perhaps that’s why they were so reluctant to scrap the false endings that were passed down to them, thinking “What if this really is Scripture, and we cut it out!” That being said, I think the warning in Revelation applies to those with devious motives. John MacArthur had this to say in his commentary on Revelation 22:18:
The canon of Scripture was closed at the end of the first century when Revelation was finished. Thus, any false prophet, fraud, or charlatan who adds alleged new revelations to it (as the Montanists did in the early church and Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, and other false prophets have done in recent times) will face divine vengeance. God will add to such people the plagues which are written in the book of Revelation. God’s judgment will be equally severe on anyone who takes away from the words of Scripture (as the heretic Marcion did in the early church and liberal higher critics have done in modern times)—God will take away their part from the tree of life and from the holy city. Both warnings contain a play on words. Those who add to Scripture will have plagues added to them; those who take away from Scripture will have the blessings of heaven taken away from them.
I hope that helps, brother.
#13 Posted by
Joan Marquez | Thursday, June 16, 2011at
Dearest Pastor John MacArthur - Thank you so much for your many years of teaching ministry. I've been a Christian 30 years and listened to your messages all this time. I praise God for using you on a daily basis. Also, thank you to all the faithful staff who work with you to have your messages available to listen. Hallelujah to the King for His Amazing Love for His people.
Peace to you, Joan
#14 Posted by
Joe Watkins | Sunday, September 18, 2011at
Thank you Pastor John, I have learned and grown so much from your verse by verse expository preaching. You are a rare breed in todays church. Keep up the God honoring, Christ-centered preaching! Bless you, your congregation and your family!
#15 Posted by
Kim Eriksen | Sunday, September 18, 2011at
Thank you Dr.MacArthur.
I have learned so much from you..I am reformed thanks 2 a message from you about 2 years ago..on election..now i love the messages on them..I am southern baptist in name only...our pastor is teaching some strange things...i saw in a post or book of your where you said "evangelicals" open opposite of Paull..Paul starts with the wrath of God..pastor morgan start off with: repeat after me:
God loves you,the bible says it,I believe it...do you? then he asks..what are you gonna do about it..then starts off with warnings of false gods,mormons,Jw..etc..i understand but would like your thoughts..yes he has met you in person..when i mention you i see he does not like it..when i quote you or show a book etc..thanks for you teaching..that is where i get the meat of the word.
#16 Posted by
Yew Cheong Mak | Sunday, September 18, 2011at
Thanks Pastor MacArthur, your clear and faithful teaching of the Word of God is an encouragement to me to share with every one that is within my reach, beginning with my family, church small group and the people I pray with every Sunday. Many of the doctrines floating around in the evangelical world is very confusing and I despaired at ever understanding them let alone obey them.
Thanks again for your sound and clear teaching that gives me courage to hold on to the truth and let His Word speak for Himself.
#17 Posted by
Darrel Robertson | Sunday, September 18, 2011at
Thank you John Macarthur and your faithfulness to Christ cause, for the Bible says, "it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:2).
Thank you for your personal commitment to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and to the Word of God.
Thank you for the love you have for your wife and family demonstrating a stable and healthy family. For the Scripture says of church leadership, "he must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect" (1 Timothy 3:4).
Thank you for your thoughtful exposition of the Word,Pastor John, as you heed your call to "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2).
There are not many of pastors like you left..Keep up the good fight....Lord Bless
#18 Posted by
Mitch Eddards | Sunday, September 18, 2011at
Amen Praise God for your many years of preaching and Teaching Dr. Macarthur I have listened to a number of your sermons and own your study bible it has helped me grown closer to the Lord. I love reading God's Word now and Everytime I go to the Word I learn something new.
God Bless you and Your Faithful ministry
#19 Posted by
Tonya Dixon | Monday, September 19, 2011at
God has given John an unusual gift of expounding on His Word.
#20 Posted by
Mary Elizabeth Tyler | Monday, September 19, 2011at
What a true accomplishment!!! Thank God for His Son Jesus Christ, and thank God for faithful pastors who will preach the Word faithfully as John MacArthur has done.
I read something the other day that just really hit me in a very good and profound way. It is a quote by Stephen Charnock.
"This is the prime way of honoring God. We do not so glorify God by elevated admirations, or eloquent expressions, or pompous services of Him, as when we aspire to a conversing with Him with unstained spirits, and live to Him in living "like" Him."
Dr. MacArthur's testimony was/is true on two counts, expositing God's Word faithfully and in living "like" Him. What more could a person ask for?
#21 Posted by
Jean Selden | Monday, September 19, 2011at
Words cannot express my gratitude for your ministry. After attending and being involved in church ministries for 20+ years, I was flat on my back for 6 months and couldn't go to church. By God's grace alone, I found your website. I didn't realize how parched I was from all of the dry, dead teaching that I was a part of. Since that time (it has been two years), I have daily gone to your website and drank in the refreshing water of your teaching. It has changed my life. I am finally at peace regarding my convictions.
Many people remark who they would like to meet in heaven other than Jesus, be it Paul, Moses, Abraham, but John you are the one who I want to meet because you, through Christ, have made the most impact on my walk with God.
Blessings and a forever thank you.
#23 Posted by
Sidney Crudup Ii | Monday, September 19, 2011at
Dr. MacArthur....thank you so much for your faithfulness to the Word of God. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the model of what a preacher should be. I have learned so much from your teaching and I can only hope and pray that my preaching of the Word of God will be as solid and as faithful as yours has been. Thank you for your training. And though I am on the east coast, I intend to own every one of the 850 books the Masters Seminary suggests that every biblical expositor should have. Again, thank you and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.
#24 Posted by
Russell Terhaar | Monday, September 19, 2011at
SO thankful for you Pastor John. I can't think of words to describe the difference your teaching has made in my life. I pray you would continue to preach with such conviction and boldness that many more would grow in their Faith. I think the difference between Johnny Mac and most others is his unwavering belief in the power of Scripture. There are no gimmicks or show or false promises, just the clear exposition of God's word. I agree with someone earlier who posted that they most look forward to meeting YOU in heaven. I know there must be so many people who feel this way. Keep it up John, noone does it quite like you do!
#25 Posted by
Brigitte Du Berger | Monday, September 19, 2011at
First of all, please excuse my mistakes because I’m a French speaking Canadian woman. I’ve been a born again Christian for 18 years now and I’ve never been that close to the Lord. On New Year Eve of 2011, I’ve prayed the Lord to help me become more spiritual and less carnal. You can be SURE that our God answers to that kind of prayers. May God be blessed. I’ve learned a lot these past years, but now that I've discovered your Website, it’s like I’m already in heaven! I thank God for your ministry and for your website. Mr. MacArthur sermons's are like precious stones. I've just listened to the sermon called Spiritual Blindness and it’s exactly what I was thinking and was telling to the Lord this past month. Christ is the light but people are staying in the darkness because they prefer the sin to the Lord. It’s so comforting to find people who love the Lord and the Gospel like you do. I'll always be amazed by our dear and precious Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your hard work and may God bless you tremendously.
#26 Posted by
Alexander Armstrong | Tuesday, September 20, 2011at
i almost cried. praise God for the this mans life.
#27 Posted by
Brett Schlee | Tuesday, September 20, 2011at
I echo all the congratulations above, but I was thinking... has Pastor MacArthur not gone through a OT book in 43 years? I honestly don't know, but the thought of neglecting 3/4 of the Bible (77% by volume) for that length of time should make us think twice.
#28 Posted by
Patrick Johnson | Tuesday, September 20, 2011at
My family and I are thankful to God for the Spurgeon of our day, John MacArthur Jr. May God raise up 100 more men that speak the truth with such clarity and unyielding conviction . May John be blessed for his faithfulness to scripture and his service to the bride of Christ, even outside the walls of Grace Community Church.
#29 Posted by
Elaine Bittencourt | Tuesday, September 20, 2011at
# 27 - Brett, are you sure you want to use the word "neglect"? I'd think twice.
In any case, John MacArthur has also gone through Daniel and Zechariah, Genesis up to chapter 11. If you understand what expository preaching is, you will know he hasn't neglected the Old Testament.
#30 Posted by
Je Ko | Thursday, September 22, 2011at
I used a gray crayola marker to shade the portion. That way, when I read or show others the passage, I can be reminded/remind others what the problem is. The fact is, there isn't anything in the last portion of Mark that isn't in the rest of the Bible.. EXCEPT the part that adds a "doctrine" that guarantees you immunity from physical harm if you're a Christian. Don't completely erase it. As long as the majority of the printed Bible includes it, mark it to remind yourself and others what is wrong with it. In short, my opinion/suggestion (which is worth very little) is, use it as a teaching tool. I KNOW that it's not part of the Bible and it doesn't affect my belief to leave the passage in. It only annoys me that someone added stuff like that.
#31 Posted by
Clint Scott | Thursday, September 22, 2011at
I am so grateful to God for the ministry of Grace to you and for John MacArthur. You have been such a great benefit to me as a Christian, husband and father (now 33).
I have been listening to Grace to you for the last 18 months or so and have started listening to mp3s from as far back as 1969, Ive completed the John series and have started on Ephesians.... it's just been great to get all this solid and excellent bible teaching for FREE with no stings attached.
I'm serious since listening to John MacArthur I have grown in leaps and bounds both in mental comprehension of Gods truth and in walking that out each day.
I want to say a big thank you and congratulations to John and the whole team for reaching this great milestone which will stand for years as a great resource for the body of Christ. I remember watching this video a few months back and being very moved.... God has indeed been glorified.
I am from a traditionally pentecostal background / church and just pray that others like me will also be led to these resources and grow in their walk with God.
#32 Posted by
Brandon Davison | Friday, September 23, 2011at
Thank you Pastor John MacArthur for your faithful exposition of scripture all these years. I wasn't even born when you began (I'm only 28) but I can still say thanks! Your careful exegesis of scripture and non-compromising teaching has truly been a blessing in my life, and as we can see, in the lives of others as well.
You are truly a role model for me as I continue to grow in the ministry, and I will never forget your bold stance for the truth. By the grace of God, I desire one day to be that Pastor who stands on God's word no matter what the rest of the evangelical community is doing. I will teach my children, and if God allows me to live long enough, my Children's Children the truth. May God continue to surround you with His grace and mercy.
Till we meet in heaven....
Brother Scott-your prayer is being answered because I too was born and raised in the erroneous Pentecostal movement and I was able to escape its clutches through the grace of God and Pastor MacArthur's teachings. I have shared the truth with family members who subsequently don't want to hear it. But I yet speak the truth, in love, to them anyways. Continue to share the truth my brother in Christ God Bless!
#33 Posted by
Madalena Machado Da Cruz | Sunday, September 25, 2011at
I have been listening to your preaching for the past 23 years. You have shown me the way through Jesus Christ and it was through your preaching that I left a church with wrong doctrines.
Praise God for a man like you to whom Truth matters! You have a special place in my heart and I have met you once when you came to JHBurg - South Africa and I look forward to be with you again one day in Heaven. Congratulations for your acomplishment . Well done, please keep up the good work. We really need your teachings, so that we can mature in God's Word. I'm also amazed.
May the Lord keep blessing you, Patricia and the rest of your family.
Lots of love Lena and Husband.
#34 Posted by
Clint Scott | Sunday, September 25, 2011at
Bless you Brandon,
I just wanted to say that I certainly do not write of the whole Pentecostal denomination, there are many churches in or originally from (like ours) the denomination who are not heretics like the oneness Pentecostals etc and share the common fundamental beliefs with the rest of biblical evangelical Christianity.
However I do pray that where misunderstandings, bad teaching, anti intellectualism, arminian overtones and shallow theology have crept into various areas of the evangelical fold, that God would use the ministry of John MacArthur and others to restore, correct and defend the faith once delivered to the saints.
#35 Posted by
Isabel Lebron | Monday, September 26, 2011at
I feel extremely blessed that God ordained the time when I went visit my family in California and we happened to go on the Sunday when Dr. Macarthur preached this message. We were visiting from Florida and we just were extremely blessed by this message. I am so thankful for your ministry. I'm so happy my children were able to be there to hear you preach the word of God. Thank You for all your hard work and dedication.